Liverpool v Brighton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 21, 2018
Anfield - Premier League
Fresh from maintaining their 100% record in a difficult Monday night match, Liverpool host a Brighton side that will be brimming confidence. The Seagulls 3-2 defeat of Manchester United will provide a massive boost for Chris Hughton's side, who will look to repeat the feat on Saturday.
Previous encounters don't provide many good memories for Brighton fans, who saw their team lose by four goals both home and away to Liverpool last season. Of the nine goals the red scored, eight were by different players, outlining to Hughton the range of quality that he is going to have to set his team up against this weekend.
Dejan Lovren is likely to miss out, having suffered from a pelvic injury, although Joel Matip should be fit to start, recovering from a minor knock. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is Liverpool's only long-term absence, with Jurgen Klopp like to hand a start to Jordan Henderson in midfield, with Xherdan Shaqiri also pushing for a start.
Chris Hughton will be without both his captain and vice-captain as Lewis Dunk's injury will see him join Bruno on the sidelines. New signing Leon Balogun will replace the centre-back, with few further changes expected.
Liverpool v Brighton Preview and Predictions
Liverpool's win over Crystal Palace was the perfect way in which to prove their title credentials this year. Yes, it may not have been a vintage attacking display, with a certain amount of luck and gamesmanship required, but it showed that Klopp's side are able to take three points against a strong side, set-up to defend.
This, without a doubt, will serve the Reds well on Saturday, as they will face a Brighton side that have enjoyed the morale boost of a comprehensive win over Manchester United. Chris Hughton's side did good work in the transfer market over the summer, but it was two of last season's stars, Pascal Groß and Glenn Murray that stood out on Sunday. With a strong defensive platform behind them, the two attacking players terrorised the United defence, although may have a tougher task against Virgin Van Dijk.
As unlikely as it is that the Seagulls will follow-up with another shock result this weekend, Klopp will be now know not to underestimate the side that finished 15th last season. With a sparkling array of attacking players at his disposal, Liverpool are not invulnerable to counter-attacks, something that may be addressed by fielding Henderson on Saturday. Likewise, Van Dijk aside, the Merseyside club have a relatively short starting XI, with Brighton potentially a threat from set pieces.
The former Dortmund manager will know all of this however, and will certainly have a contingency plan, with 'keeper Alisson adept at claiming crosses and pacey full-backs capable at tracking back. Given the potency of Liverpool's front line, the defensive aspect of the game is likely to be irrelevant, as the knack of simply outscoring the opposition should do the trick on Study.
Liverpool to win and over 3.5 goals scored at 23/20
Liverpool have seen more goals than any other side since Klopp took over!
Roberto Firmino to score first at 4/1
The Brazilian has uncharacteristically not scored yet, and will be keen to do so.